I got another crocheted shawl in the making. Another triangle shawl that worked from the top down. This shawl really make me happy because it turned out exactly like the way I imagined it to be. The lacy and the solid sections worked like the way I planned it. It will become a stunning shawl.
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When I made Narnia, one of the stitch that is difficult for me to make was p2tog tbl (purl 2 together through the back loops). It was because I am a tight knitter. After some failed attemps to do this stitch repeatedly, in the end I used the 2 steps method. If you are a tight knitter like me, you might want to try this method:
1. Slip 2 stitches purlwise from left needle to right needle.
2. Reinsert the left needle along side the right one so both needles come out side by side, points together. Remove the right needle.
3. You have twisted the stitches just like below picture. All you have to do is just purl them off like normal p2tog.
See, easier to do, just takes longer because there are two steps. Try it yourself!
Yup, I made another Narnia. This time I used DK weight yarn to knit Narnia. Since I got total 400 m and didn’t want to waste the yarn, I took a risk to add one more repeat to make the shawl bigger. Guess what? I run out of yarn! I didn’t have enough yarn to do the bind-off. I didn’t want to waste money to buy another skein just so I could use a few meter from it. So, I did some adjustment for the bind-off. Instead using 5-chain, I used only 4-chain, and during blocking, instead of putting the needles on the 2 middle loops, I only put 1 needle in 1 of those middle loops. I think I like the slightly curvy effect.
This time, I managed to get the beauty of this shawl perfectly.
Pattern: Narnia ShawlMaterials: DK weight yarn 100% merino (2290 961 70616), 100g/200 m per skein in gray colorway.
Qty: 2 x 100 gram (200 m/100 gram, 320 m total).
Needles: Addi lace 3.50 mm
Start Date: 27 Feb 2011
Finish Date: 9 Mar 2011
Finished size: About 52” wide by 24” deep
Finally I managed to take photo of Gathering Shawl on me. When I wanted to published this shawl last year, I never had opportunity to take a modeled picture. In the end I asked Lauri to model it for me. Although she did a good job, I always wanted to take model it myself as this is my favorite shawl. I love the process of crocheting it, love the yarn and love the result.
I managed to take many nice photos, but these two are my favorite. I really like the bottom photo.
Oh look, my Cassandra shawl pattern was picked as a featured pattern in Ravelry. As the result she was rank 5 of "The most active recently published designs" category in Ravelry (see the circle). No 1 - 4 are free patterns. So, it's quite an accomplishment as a paid pattern to be able to sit in no 5.
Actually this is the second time my pattern was selected as featured pattern. The first time was 2 year ago, they picked my Dahlia Top Pattern.
Narnia is a triangular shawl worked from the top down. This shawl was quite challenging for me as I learnt some new stitches that are quite a handful to do. This shawl is all about texture. It reminds me of the wood carving in my grandparents’ wardrobe, and I always imagine that wardrobe was the same wardrobe in the The Chronicles of Narnia story.
I used worsted weight yarn for this pattern to make the texture pop out. As a result, not only is this shawl beautiful to look but it is very functional.
As usual pattern includes charts and written directions. I also include a picture tutorial of how to make the crochet bind-off, and tips on how to make a larger shawl and calculate the yardage needed.
Technical Editor: Chaitanya Muralidhara
Yardage: Fingering weight: 290 m (319 yards) DK weight: 300 m (330 yards) Worsted weight: 310 m (341 yards). The sample was made using worsted weight yarn.
Needle: Fingering weight: 3.25 mm (US 3) DK weight: 3.50 mm (US 4) Worsted weight: 3.75 mm (US 5)
Hook (optional): For BO 3.5 mm (E) For making nupp 3.0 mm (D)
Notions: Waste yarn for provisional cast-on, stitch markers.
Finished Size (aggressive blocking): Fingering weight: 48” wide by 22” deep DK weight: 50” wide by 23” deep Worsted weight: 52” wide by 24” deep
After showing a sneak peak of my new shawl in my last post, here is the finished shawl!
This was my first experience using worsted weight yarn to knit a shawl. I must say that I really like the result. Too bad that I don’t have enough yarn to make it bigger. I learned a few new stitches that I never did before, such as p tbl and p2tog tbl. These stitches are quite handful to do, esspecially for tight knitter like me. Luckily I used Addi lace needle with its pointed tip. Eventhough I used Addi Lace, in order to make p2tog tbl, I still needed to use the 2 steps method. The one that have to move the stitches to the right needle first and twisting it back to the left needle before p2tog.
Anyway, here are the important details:
Pattern: Narnia Shawl Source: here Materials: Worsted weight yarn 100% merino (2078224A18069), 100g/160 m per skein in orange colorway. Qty: 2 x 100 gram (160 m/100 gram, 320 m total). I had about 10 m leftover. Needles: Addi lace 4.0 mm (but I knit very tightly until my finger hurt) Start Date: 19 Feb 2011 Finish Date: 24 Feb 2011 Finished size: About 52" wide by 24" deep
I live on a tropical island called Penang which is one of the states in a country called Malaysia, but it does not stop me from learning how to knit. I knew how to crochet since I was 6 and taught myself to knit about 4 years ago and after a couple of projects, I began designing my own patterns. I just love the process of designing my own patterns, from the imagining of the design to the drawing and even the math part of it. I love to wear something pretty and feminine and it is reflected in all of my designs. I have 2 small daughters that need a lot of attention besides my full time job, so I am happy enough if I can publish 3 patterns a year. My patterns can be found on my blog
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